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Summer activities to beat the heat

 

We spend every waking hour in our backyard in the summertime, meaning that we’re always looking for fun activities to do. Whether it’s getting messy with paint, looking to nature for inspiration, or creating things from scraps, we can turn just about anything into a summer project.

 

So here are some awesome summer activities to beat the heat.

 

Milk carton birdhouses

I remember making these in grade school. With a few simple supplies, you can turn an ordinary carton into an inviting home for your feathered friends.

 

Garden markers

We have a massive herb, veggie and fruit garden, so every year we experiment with new ideas for handmade garden markers. We made these from clay (which I bought at the dollar store), but you can make garden markers out of Popsicle sticks, rocks, wooden spoons, and more.

 

Construction site

My son came up with this one, using scrap wood from daddy’s garage – we used it to fashion roads, then collected other rocks, branches, sand and gravel to put on our site. Then out came the trucks! Later we turned it into a dinosaur habitat for his plastic dinos.

 

Leaf rubs

Quite often we’ll go explore a park or nature trail (or even our own backyard) in search of unique leaves. Then we peel the paper off our crayons and use the side of it to make leaf rub art.

 

 

Boats

Those little plastic baby pools are even more fun when you have boats to play with. These boats are made from wine corks (see, it’s a good thing that mommy drinks wine!) and straws, but we’ve also made them out of cut up pool noodles.

 

Shaving cream art

This may be my favourite summer activity, and it’s messy, which makes it perfect for outdoors. Spread a thin layer of shaving cream in a baking sheet and then add drops of food colouring. With a toothpick, swirl the colour, then press a piece of cardstock on top of the design. Peel back, wipe away the excess shaving cream, and let dry.

 

 

Raindrop art

Prop some cardstock or a small canvas up on an easel, and slightly water down some blue washable paint. Use an eyedropper to make raindrops (kids love using little tools like eyedroppers!).

 

 

Sidewalk chalk paint

Mix cornstarch, water and some food colouring for a fun outdoor paint that can be used on sidewalks, driveways, and even fences. Super easy to make and clean!

 

 

Jennifer Cox is a full-time freelance journalist who writes for Today’s Parent, CBC Parents, Parents Canada magazine, and more, and she is a mommy to a 4-year-old bean. She also loves crafting and other DIY projects, which she shares on her Whoa Mama! Facebook page  and YouTube channel .

Check out these super fun and cute craft ideas from local mommy Blogger Jennifer Cox from Whoa Mama! So many fun ideas ! Be sure to head over and LIKE her FB page for so many fun craft ideas on what to do with the kids this summer.

 

 

Bird feeders

There are so many ways you can entice the birds to come to your hard, from egg carton birdfeeders and toilet paper rolls rolled in peanut butter and birdseed, to ones built out of Popsicle sticks. But our personal favourite: threading treats onto pipecleaners and hanging them in the trees. We’ve used Fruit Loops, Cheerios and mini pretzels.

 

Make your own paintbrushes

What can you find around the house, both inside and out, that could be fashioned into your own one-of-a-kind paintbrushes? Maybe some leaves or blades of grass, sponges and scrap paper, balled up foil or Saran wrap, and so much more. This is a two-part activity: go hunting for supplies and then get painting!

 

Pipe cleaner butterflies

These are so much fun to make! Use markers to colour a coffee filter and then spray it with water – the colours will blend and swirl together. Then, pinch in the middle and secure with a pipecleaner, and then use the excess pipecleaner to create little antennae.

 

Bookmarks

Rainy summer days make for perfect reading days, so encourage reading but creating your own custom-made bookmarks. Use whole punchers, glitter glue, and anything else you’d like to use to decorate them, and attach a little piece of yarn or string so you can always find your page.

 

Jennifer Cox is a full-time freelance journalist who writes for Today’s Parent, CBC Parents, Parents Canada magazine, and more, and she is a mommy to a 4-year-old bean. She also loves crafting and other DIY projects, which she shares on her Whoa Mama! Facebook page  and YouTube channel .

 

 

Summertime fun all across the west island with Movies in the Park! Here are the ones in the west island.

 

Lego Batman Le Film (French) – Lachine- JULY 13

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a snack and spend an evening enjoying a family movie outdoors.

Tonight’s feature is Lego Batman le Film

In case of rain, event will be canceled

Where: Parc de la 11E Avenue, Notre-Dame Blvd. @ 11e Ave., Lachine

Time: 8:30pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Additional Info: http://www.accesculture.com/emplacement/Parc_de_la_11e_avenue

 

Le Bebe Boss (French) – Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue- JULY 13

Enjoy the movie Bebe Boss under the stars. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

Event will be held at Chalet Peter-Williamson in case of rain.

Where: Parc Aumais, 300 Cypihot St., Ste. Anne de Bellevue

Time: 9pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Additional Info: http://www.ville.sainte-anne-de-bellevue.qc.ca/en/251/shows-celebrations-animation-and-events-summer-2017#’target-family-thursdays

 

LaLa Land ( English)- DDO- July 26th

Hosted by Virgin Radio, hot-dogs from Lesters, drinks and chips from Dépanneur du Coin, Pizza from PMG and sorbet desserts from Fontaine Santé, all for FREE !

Where: Centennial Park, DDO

Time: Dusk

Cost: Free

Additional Info: http://bit.ly/2uOj1wX

 

 

Le Bebe Boss (French) – Lachine- JULY 27

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a snack and spend an evening enjoying a family movie outdoors.

Tonight’s feature is Bebe Boss

In case of rain, event will be canceled

Where: Parc de la 11E Avenue, Notre-Dame Blvd. @ 11e Ave., Lachine

Time: 8:30pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Additional Info: http://www.accesculture.com/emplacement/Parc_de_la_11e_avenue

 

The Lego Batman Movie ( English)- Kirkland- AUGUST 2

Enjoy the movie The Lego Batman Movie under the stars. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Movie begins at dusk.

In case of rain, movie will be shown at the Kirkland Sports Complex.

Where: Meades Park, 16950 Hymus Blvd., Kirkland

Time: 8pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Additional Info: http://www.ville.kirkland.qc.ca

 

Les Trolls ( French) Lachine- AUGUST 3

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a snack and spend an evening enjoying a family movie outdoors.

Tonight’s feature is Les Trolls

In case of rain, event will be canceled

Where: Parc de la 11E Avenue, Notre-Dame Blvd. @ 11e Ave., Lachine

Time: 8:30pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Additional Info: http://www.accesculture.com/emplacement/Parc_de_la_11e_avenue

 

Monster Trucks ( English) – Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue- AUGUST 3

Enjoy the English version of the movie Monster Trucks under the stars.

In case of rain, at Chalet Peter-Williamson

Where: Parc Aumais, 300 Cypihot St., Ste. Anne de Bellevue

Time: 9pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Additional Info: http://www.ville.sainte-anne-de-bellevue.qc.ca/en/251/shows-celebrations-animation-and-events-summer-2017#’target-family-thursdays

 

Les Trolls ( French)- Kirkland- AUGUST 16

Enjoy the movie Les Trolls under the stars. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Movie begins at dusk.

In case of rain, movie will be shown at the Kirkland Sports Complex.

Where: Meades Park, 16950 Hymus Blvd., Kirkland

Time: 8pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Additional Info: http://www.ville.kirkland.qc.ca

 

Ballerina ( French) – Lachine- AUGUST 17

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a snack and spend an evening enjoying a family movie outdoors.

Tonight’s feature is Ballerina

In case of rain, event will be canceled

Where: Parc de la 11E Avenue, Notre-Dame Blvd. @ 11e Ave., Lachine

Time: 8:30pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Additional Info: http://www.accesculture.com/emplacement/Parc_de_la_11e_avenue

 

 

Have you noticed one or more of the following:

  • Your baby is always looking to one side?
  • Your baby’s head is tilted and/or turned to one side?
  • Your baby’s head is flattened on one side?

If so, then your baby may have developed a congenital torticollis and/or plagiocephaly.

 

Congenital torticollis is characterized by unilateral tightening of the sternocleidomastoid muscle, causing your baby’s head to be tilted towards the affected neck muscle. Due to the increased neck tightness, your baby will have difficulty moving and turning his/her head. This is particularly important when your baby is sleeping or playing on his/her back, as increased pressure will be placed on one specific area of his/her head. Babies have very malleable bones at this age, thus with time the increased pressure on his/her skull may flatten your baby’s head. Such a condition is known as plagiocephaly.

 

If torticollis/plagiocephaly is left untreated, it can in time cause:

  • A delay in your baby’s overall motor development;
  • Cranial and facial deformation;
  • The development of asymmetric movements;
  • Decreased neck mobility;
  • Difficulties with balance and coordination;

An early consultation with a pediatric physiotherapist offers excellent results in resolving torticollis and/or plagiocephaly and preventing its long term consequences.

 

Following a detailed evaluation, the pediatric physiotherapist will work with you to correct your baby’s neck mobility, postural alignment and cranial-facial morphology. Treatment for torticollis and/or plagiocephaly is individualized and also strives towards:

  • Encouraging the development of symmetric movements;
  • Optimizing your baby’s overall motor development;
  • Increasing your baby’s comfort through optimal positioning during sleep, play and feedings.

To find out more about our torticollis/plagiocephaly program, feel free to contact us to make an appointment with a pediatric physiotherapist at our locations below.

 

 

Kinatex Sports Physio West Island                                    

17001 Transcanada Hwy, Suite 201

Kirkland (QC), H9H 5J1

Phone: 514-426-1000

Email: westisland@kinatex.com

 

Kinatex Sports Physio Pierrefonds

2774 boul. Gouin West

Pierrefonds (QC), H8Z 1W5

Phone: 514-548-2687

Email: pierrefonds@kinatex.com

 

New Kitchen in Dorval

 

Meals that Matter, a freshly-prepared daily meal delivery service, has moved to a bigger and better location. With a larger kitchen located in Dorval, Meals that Matter can now cater to more families; “we are so excited to have a commercial space. We had to turn business away because of our smaller home-based kitchen” says Paula Di Giovanni, co-owner of Meals that Matter.

Superfood Salad

In business since November 2014, Meals that Matter has been providing nutritious & well-balanced home-cooked meals to busy West Island families who either have no time to cook on weeknights, are ill or going through a difficult time. “As busy moms ourselves, we understand the demands on life. We all have hectic schedules to manage, making it difficult to maintain a healthy diet” says Kelly Fraser, co-owner. “Our customers often tell us how our service simplifies their lives.” One customer writes: “….you are a lifesaver. My day was so hectic and having food ready at my door is so magic”, Marie-Josée of Beaconsfield.

Each week Meals that Matter provides you with a delicious new menu to choose from, offering both a meat and vegetarian option. Your family will have a home-cooked meal delivered fresh daily (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday), right to your door, eliminating the need for stressful shopping, preparing, cooking and clean up. They make healthy eating easy so you can focus your energy on other important areas of life. Even if you are not home during their delivery, you simply leave a cooler out and dinner will literally be at the door when you arrive.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Kelly and Paula cook for your family as if they were cooking for their own. Meals can be altered to suit your family’s needs. Have a picky eater? No problem, they will adapt their recipes accordingly. They also offer gift certificates for any amount. Wouldn’t it be great to get a break from cooking?

Meals that matter is truly home cooking that comes to you!

To view their full menu,

visit their website at www.momsmakemealsthatmatter.weebly.com​ or call Kelly @ 514-979-4169 or Paula @ 514-245-9579.
To keep up to date with their meals of the week or events  follow them on Facebook @ Meals that matter – West Island or sign up online to receive their weekly menu.

 

Mushroom Risotto